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    September 11, 2012
    9:00 - 9:59am EDT  

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current numbers, reagan national 65 after overnight lows in the 50s. 68 annapolis. still cool north and west. 55 in the mountains. hagerstown, martinsburg and winchester 55 degrees. quiet weather pattern lots of sunshine expected. high pressure will keep things nice and dry around here for not only your day today but really right through the middle and end of the week. the weather pattern is going to be pretty much the same and it's a good one. here's your forecast for today. well, that's your forecast for tonight. something to look forward to. clear and cool overnight. i'll give you a quick look at the accuweather seven-day forecast. 79 with lots of sunshine. more details coming up. back to you. >> thank you. this morning, we are remembering 9/11. today is the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that plunged the united states into the longest war in our history h this is a live look at the memorial at ground zero in new
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york where ceremonies will be held throughout the morning. here in our area, the biggest events are happening at the pentagon. >> several top brass are due to speak including president obama. we get latest now from our own melanie alnwick live at the pentagon this morning. >> reporter: good morning, tony. president obama and the first lady are scheduled to arrive here around 9:20 this morning to honor the friends, family and colleagues of so many people here in the d.c. area killed that day. this morning, a large flag was hung outside the pentagon, the section that was hit that morning, just as it was september 12, 2001, the day after the attack of 2001 when the flag was hung. not too long ago there was a moment of silence on t lawn at the white house to market first planes hitting the world trade center at 8:46 and 9:02. it was then we realized that america was under attack! here at the pentagon the memorial service begins at 9:0.
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president obama will take part in a wreath-laying ceremony. the army's chief of chaplains will give the invocation and a moment of silence at 9:37. as you mentioned remarks by the president as well as defense officials including the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff general martin dempsey and defense secretary leon panetta. american airlines flight 77 left dulles airport at 8:20 a.m. on september 11th, 2001. it was supposed to go to los angeles but somewhere over indianapolis five hijacks took over the plane. they turned it back toward washington and crashed it into the pentagon killing the crew of six and all 53 passengers as well as the hijackers. the plane hit the pentagon at the first floor level on the western side. one section of the building collapsed. 125 workers here that day were killed, many of them civilians. the pentagon memorial was completed and open to the public this 2008. the 7th anniversary of the attacks. it's usually open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. today it will be closed for this morning's ceremonies and will reopen to the public at
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noon. tony and allison, we do expect many people to come here after noon to pay their respects here at the 9/11 memorial. president obama and the first lady after the ceremonies wrap up here this morning will then travel to the walter reed naval medical center in bethesda to spend some time with wounded warriors there. >> thank you. as melanie said there's a lot cing up this hour at the pentagon. the president arrives in 15 minutes and the ceremonies will begin with a wreath-laying at 9:30. we will bring that to you life. meanwhile, debate is swirling over how to pay for the annual costs to run the new 9/11 memorial in new york. the final price tag will hit $700 million when it's completed. but it will cost $60 million a year to operate. $12million will be spent on security alone! the nonprofit foundation that runs the museum and memorial is trying to get federal money to cover some of the costs but
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lawmakers are divided over the issue. first responders exposed to toxic dust from the world trade center will be covered by a federal health program if they develop certain types of cancer. the government announced the expansion of the $4 billion health program yesterday. now, the government added about 50 types of cancer to the list of illnesses covered. despite little research proving a link between the dust and cancer. 9/11 changes the race for president. both president barack obama and his republican challenger mitt romney say they are not running negative ads today in honor of the 9/11 anniversary. romney is addressing a national guard convention in reno today. and vice president joe biden is visiting the memorial in shanksville, pennsylvania. in our other top stories, u.s. officials say al qaeda's number 2 in yemen was killed yesterday. but they are not confirming that it was a u.s. drone that
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killed him. he spent six years at the u.s. prison in guantanomo bay before getting released into saudi custody. investigators in yemen are conducting dna tests to confirm that it was him. a 52-year-old woman is facing charges for threatening a south carolina congressman. police say gloria brackett pulled out a gun and pointed it at congressman tre gawdy as he was picking up his daughter at a church in south carolina. gowdy sped off and a police report she claims she thought gowdy was a stalker and didn't know he is a congressman. brackett reportedly has a history of mental illness. new this morning, prince george's county police are investigating a shooting in district heights. this happened around 1:30 a.m. near the ame church. no word on suspect, victim or motive. d.c. police need your help
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in tracking down the suspect accused of shooting a rite aid employee. surveillance video was released from the store on rhode island avenue in northeast. they say the man walked into the store wearing a surgical mask sunday night and shot the assistant manager in both legs. this is the second time a worker at this very same rite aid has been shot. the first incident in april, the suspect was arrested. the 17-year-old perry hall high school student shot in baltimore on the first day of classes is finally home. daniel was released from the hospital yesterday after spending two weeks there recovering. police say daniel, who has down syndrome, was randomly hit by a bullet when another stunt opened fire in the cafeteria. the suspect, 15-year-old robert gladden, jr., is due in court for a bail review later this week. [ shots fired ] we are now getting a look at some police dashcam video captured during a gunman's
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deadly shooting rampage at the sikh temple in oak creek, wisconsin, last month. one angle shows lieutenant brian murphy approaching the scene. police now say he was shot 15 times by michael page, dressed in a white shirt, seen rushing toward murphy. but another officer sam lenda was able to distract the gunman. lenda and page exchanged gump, then page killed himself. lieutenant murphy has survived. he is recovering at home. there is a new sentencing day for former d.c. council chairman kwame brown next week. a judge granted his lawyer's request for a delay. now he will be sentenced november 12. he pleaded guilty in june to bank fraud and campaign financing violations. he faces 6 months in prison on each charge. in the meantime it's likely a former campaign aide to d.c. mayor vince gray won't serve
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jail time. howard brooks has been cooperative and provided substantial assistance in the investigation into mayor gray's 2010 election campaign. brooks is accused of lying about paying off another mayoral candidate. prosecutors say they won't oppose supervised probation and community service. brooks is scheduled to be sentenced in october. the teacher strike in chicago is once again making headlines this morning. for a second day, schools in the nation's third largest city will be closed. instead of heading to class, teachers in chicago are taking to the streets for the first time in 25 years. the school board and teachers union continued negotiations yesterday but haven't reached a new contract agreement. the school system is offering a 16% pay raise over four years. but they are still disputing over teacher evaluations and job security. a subsidiary of american express is suing the gaithersburg man suspected in the death of a travel companion
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in aruba. the lawsuit seeks to void an insurance policy that gary giordano took out in robyn gardner's name before their trip to aruba las year. he went missing after the disappearance. the company says the insurance policy isn't enforceable because giordano and gardner aren't married or otherwise legally tied to each other. officials in southern california are trying to figure out what's causing a rotten egg smell. they say residents living across a 10,000-square-mile radius started complaining about the odor yesterday. some officials think the foul smell may be coming from the salton sea. authorities think the recent storms may have churned the water and unleashed bacteria from the sea floor. preventing suicide. coming up next a new strategy is under way. >> i had the chance to speak with the united states surgeon general. after the break, details on the effort to reduce the number of people killing themselves and to identify those at risk. >> donald j burns.
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>> kathleen burns. >> as we head to the break now, another live picture out of new york city. today america remembers the 2,977 people killed on this day in 2001. we are also honoring the troops who served our nation following those attacks. >> president obama will address the nation in about 15 minutes. we will bring it to you live. this is a live look at the pentagon where he and the first lady are paying their respects to the victims of 9/11. >> we'll be right back. it's 10 minutes after 9:00. 
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every day nearly 100 americans die by suicide. to address this serious public health issue, the office of the u.s. surgeon general and other leaders are releasing a new national strategy for suicide prevention. joining us now with more
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information is the u.s. surgeon general, dr. regina benjamin. good to see you. thank you very much for joining us. it's an important topic. before we get to the specifics of this new strategy, put things in perspective for us. how big a problem is suicide in america? >> as you said, 100 people a day are dying from suicide. that's one every 15 minutes. with 33,000 people dying in the united states every year. this is a public health issue. new national prevention suicide strategy is aimed to raise the awareness as well as focus on prevention. in the past we didn't understand that suicide can be prevented. >> do we have a better understanding about who might be susceptible to suicide and how to prevent it? >> we have a better
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understanding. we understand now that we have research that shows intervention such as crisis lines and bringing people together and referring them and getting them to treatment quicker can help. we also have -- we know that there are certain groups and individuals that are particularly at risk for example middle-aged men are saying that's the highest number of suicides around the country. the things we know and we want your health with is to understand the signs and symptoms for risk. when someone is isolated and they're having thoughts about feeling like they're a burden when they're talking about hurting themselves or harming themselves. when they're thinking that they're in pain. those sort of symptoms to be able to recognize those and get these individuals into
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treatment. call the lifeline that's set up, 1-800-273-talk. don't leave the person alone. remove anything that can used to harm them. and if all that fails, take them to the emergency room. >> is one of the problems here -- and i'll be blunt -- uhm -- i lost someone near and dear to me in my family to suicide. and so often, you hear people saying, well, we didn't think that person would actually do it. we didn't think they were that depressed, they would go that far. is there a reluctance sometimes to get involved and to talk to people about these issues? >> there has been. and that's one of the things we really want to encourage is people to ask. ask someone if they're thinking about hurting themselves. ask them if they're thinking about harming themselves. in the past we were afraid to do that, to give them an idea. but we know sometimes just
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asking helps. and bringing them -- letting them know that there is help available, letting not only the person that's at risk but the family members too that as you mentioned suicide affects everyone. for every person that commits suicide, the family, the community, is all affected. so it's real important that we get people into treatment. >> for those who want more information about this and for those who are seeking some type of help, you have an 800 number that's set up. >> we have a lifeline that's set up, it's the national lifeline. and it's 1-800-273-talk. that lifeline also connects to veterans specifically. so anyone can call that number and get professional help immediately. >> all right. surgeon general regina benjamin, thank you very much for joining us this morning to talk about this topic. one of the most deadly forms of cancer could be on the
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rise. the pancreatic cancer action network released a report that shows pancreatic cancer will move from the fourth to the second leading cause of cancer death in the united states by the year 2020 and possibly as early as 2015. congress is currently debating a bill that would create a long- term comprehensive strategy for developing treatment options to increase the survival rate. a new study finds acupuncture can ease aches better than usual pain treatment. some doctors believe even if the impact of the needle therapy is psychological, there is still no reason not to offer it if it makes people feel better. participants in the study received acupuncture or a placebo and researchers found those who got the tiny needles felt less pain than those who took pills or physical therapy. it's become more mainstream. the military uses it to treat pain from war wounds.
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times are changing. >> absolutely. >> all right. a local veteran celebrates a major milestone. we'll explain next. >> and d.c. residents sounding off about fines from those speed cameras. >> but apparently not everyone thinks they're too much money. we'll take you to last night's meeting ahead. >> first, last friday if you were watching, we encouraged you to, hey, make a new friend over the weekend. so we couldn't resist showing you this video of a man who helped a confused pedestrian in a dangerous situation. take a look. the elderly woman was attempting to cross a busy street. this is in russia. when the man driving towards her stopped. he got out of his suv, held her hand and carried her bag across the street. then he returned to his vehicle. the video was taken a few weeks ago but just recently went viral. it shows a small justture can mean so much. we'll be right back. it's 9:19. >> wow.
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a heads up for drives in frederick, maryland. start, today, new speed cameras
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will be set up along three work zones starting today. the construction on the bridge over route 15 widening of motter avenue and opossumtown pike and other areas. it's part of the maryland safe zones program. the speed limit is 55 miles an hour. violators could face fines up to $40. in the district residents are sounding off about speed camera fines. neighbors gathered at a meeting in ward 7. some say they think the cameras are just a moneymaker for the city. others have no sympathy for speeders. >> i'm not making that much money that i can afford $120 to $250. >> give them a ticket! i beg for it! we're begging for more! >> councilmembers tommy wells and others attended the meeting starting the discussion about possibly lowering fines. it's a major milestone for a local veteran. we are told that today alice
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dixon is turning 105 years old! this is a picture of dixon serng in world war ii. she is the one sitting down. dixon joined the military in 1944. she was one of the first african-american women in the army. now at the age of 105, here she is, dixon lives in virginia medical center's community living center. she has been this for more than 10 years and is still an active member on the residents board. we wish her a very happy birthday. >> how beautiful. >> wonderful. >> showing off her shirt. i would love to know what it says. happy birthday. coming up, we'll take you live to the pentagon where a ceremony begins to mark the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. president obama is scheduled to speak in a few minutes. >> heading to the break here are a few words from our facebook fans. gale says, on this day, quote, i was at work and i remember thinking, i have two sons-in- law in the army reserve and this country has been attacked and we will be at war. anncr: this casinono's in west virginia.
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head north, to someace pristine like acadia national park. there is nothing like the parks this time of year. the falling leaves,
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the crisp air, the perfect inspiration for air wick's fall collection. yeah, when i smell all those things, i know fall is in the air. the fall collection brought to you by air wick and the national park foundation. something in the air wick. this is a live look in new york city where they are -- no. this is, uhm... this is a live look here in washington at the pentagon. we'll have more in a couple of moments. >> tucker barnes joins us live. >> it should be a beautiful day for us. temperatures back in the 70s, low humidity, upper 70s. >> perfect. >> close to perfect here for the next several days, in fact. let's get right to it. show you the current temperatures at reagan
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national. we have jumped 65 degrees overnight lows here in town falling back into the 50s and lots of 40s north and west. but you can see these temperatures bouncing with the morning sunshine. 55 hagerstown, 61 frederick. frederick 45 degrees this morning. that's chilly. 62 this morning in quantico. 64 in leonardtown so we are warming up. quiet weather pattern. high pressure anchored across the eastern half is going to mean sunshine and pleasant conditions for the next several days with a warming trend. so today upper 70s. as we get into your wednesday and thursday, we'll be back into the low to mid-80s. yeah, a low to mid-80s. tropical storm leslie off to our north and east now pushing into canada, very gusty winds 70 miles per hour. around here, it's just high pressure and again with a canadian high pressure, that means less humidity and lots of sunshine and in fact, our chance for rain showers arrives
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late in the weekend so we're in for a nice looking couple of days. warm days, cool nights. as this area of high pressure slips off the coast as we get into the day tomorrow, we will see a southerly breeze start to develop so a touch more humidity along with slightly warmer temperatures starting tomorrow. but again, nothing too extreme. no 90s in the forecast for the next seven days. today sunshine a gorgeous average, tony gives you permission to get outside and enjoy, 79. northeast winds at 5. later tonight cool, with overnight lows into the 50s. that's your accuweather seven- day forecast. there is your warming trend mid- 80s around here wednesday and thursday. back to you. >> thank you. september 11th, 2001, by placing a wreath at the zero age line of the pentagon memorial. [ pause ]
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you are looking live at the president and the first lady as they are at the pentagon, today marking the spot where 184 people died in the september 11th attack 11 years ago. >> this is a live memorial service taking place there. the president will speak in just a moment. there will be another moment of silence to mark the moment when the plane hit the pentagon. and there will be some other remarks thereas well which we will carry for you live. meanwhile, in new york city, they are continuing the reading of the names of the victims the almost 3,000 victims but in the meantime, here at the pentagon, here's the president of the united states.
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>> please direct your attention to the pentagon memorial flagpole to your right. in honor of patriot day and in remembrance. 184 lives lost at the pentagon the flag is flying at half- staff. ladies and gentlemen, the national anthem of the united states. ♪ [ music ]
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ladies and gentlemen, the
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united states army chief of chaplains, major general donald rutherford. >> let us pray. o good our refuge and strength, our present help in trouble, remember the events of september 11th, 2001, we pray for all those who grieve today, for those who witnessed and survived the attacks, those who came to rescue, to save and protect all the souls who were lost, especially those whose names are eternally etched into this memorial, on the day when the worst was visited upon our nation our spirits are forever inspired by the acts of heroic valor that we witnessed at ground zero in a pennsylvania field and here at the pentagon. we pray for the selfless men and women who have been called to defend our country in the ways of freedom both at home
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and abroad, inspired by their legacy courage and strength of spirit, to safely serve our military and our nation. we are thankful divine healer that in our time of loss you do not abandon us to our grief. pour out your healing balm upon us that we may do your work showing peace with justice offering forgiveness and building community and walking with others into abundant life for all. hear us god, in your name we pray, amen. >> amen. 11 years ago, at 9:37 a.m., the pentagon was attacked. please join us in observing a moment of silence to remember those who perished.
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>> the joint chiefs of staff, general martin dempsey. mr. president, mrs. obama, mr. secretary, distinguished guested, good morning and thank you all for being here. my wife and i offer a special welcome to the families and friends of those we lost on these grounds 11 years ago today. one of them was chief warrant officer william ruth. his memoria bench sits in the last row in front of me 7th in from the far right.
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bill served as a marine in vietnam flying helicopters. after the war he became a social studies teacher and joined the army national guard serving in the first gulf war as a medevac pilot. he was loved by his students. they were proud service and moved by his deep commitment to them and to our nation. one student said, he opened up my eyes and my heart to the world. many others inspired by his example became teachers, nurses, firefighters, and several followed him into the life of the military. bill retired from the classroom after nearly 30 years and returned to serve in the pentagon. there is no doubt among his colleagues that he lost his life that fateful morning because in the middle of the chaos, he stopped to help somebody. there were thousands like bill that day that remind us that life takes on meaning only as the causes to which we attach ourselves have meaning. that in the end, we become what
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we are through some cause we make our own. september 11th will always stand apart from other days not because of what we say up here about service and sacrifice courage and character, of course it's all of those things. but also because of what those things say about all of us, all americans. so today as we remember the 184 lives that ended here and all who perished in new york and somerset county, pennsylvania, let us commit ourselves ideals for which they lived and in which they believed. let us also honor the generation they inspired to step forward to defend our nation, a generation who fought in iraq and who still fight in afghanistan. let us rededicate our own lives to the cause of giving back to our great nation. for as one of our nation's leaders said, the strength of our democracy has always rested on the willingness of those who believe in its values and in their will to serve, to give something back to this country.
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and now it's my privilege to introduce you to the man who spoke those words and who lives them every day, our secretary of defense, leon panetta. [ applause ] >> mr. president, mrs. obama, general dempsey, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, and in particular, the family members who lost a loved one here on 9/11. 11 years ago, on a morning very much like this, terrorists attacked the symbols of american strength out economy and our commerce our military
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might and our democracy and took the lives of citizens from more than 90 countries. it was the worst terrorist attack on america in our history. today, people gather across the united states, around the world to remember the tragic events of 9/11. some take part in ceremonies like this. others spend time in quiet reflection and prayer. and all of us take a moment to remember again where we were at that fateful moment. here together as one family, we pause to honor and to pray and to remember 184 lives lost at the pentagon more than 2,700
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killed in lower plant, and the 40 who perished in that field in pennsylvania on flight 93. these victims, families, remember those who were lost as mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. the family members here today know that the entire nation -- the entire nation joins us in mourning the loss of your loved ones. we are honored by your presence and just as your loved ones are heroes forever, so are all of you. today, we also recognize and remember other heroes, those first responders who rushed to the scene behind me into the
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fire and chaos to save lives and helped in any way possible. we owe all of you a very special debt. we appreciate all you did to provide aid and comfort to those who needed it so badly. our thoughts also turn to the survivors. on that bright sunny tuesday morning, you robert to work with no idea about the tragedy that lay ahead. suddenly, this building was rocked by an explosion. after the impact, many of you risked your lives to help others. many can remember the smell of the rubble and jet fuel and some of you knew the victims as office mates and friends and knew their families. like 60 years before, a nation
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at peace suddenly found itself at war. for all of you and for every american, this memorial is a permanent place for prayer and for remembrance. and it is a fitting tribute to the lives of those so cruelly taken from us, the passengers and crew of flight 77 and military and civilian personnel working here at the pentagon. it is a fitting tribute to all of those who were lost. yesterday, i had the opportunity to visit another memorial. the flight 93 national memorial in shanksville. i was reminded of those horrible moments after the hijacking when the passengers and crew were able to make
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frantic calls to speak to their loved ones for the last time. they knew what was at stake. and yet they decided to fight back. together, they took swift and decisive action to stop yet another attack targeted at the nation's capital. that spirit of selflessness, that spirit of determination and courage, is the enduring legacy of 9/11. it inspires our nation. it inspires our military to ensure that such an attack will never happen again. it inspires us to never forget those who perished, to defend our homeland, to defend our ideals, to send a resounding message to our enemies that no one attacks the united states of america and gets away with
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it. for today we also recall that out of the shock and sadness of 9/11 came a new sense of unity and resolve, that this would not happen again. it inspired a fierce determination to fight back and protect our way of life, in trying to attack our strengths, the terrorist unleashed our greatest strength. the spirit and the will of americans to fight for their country. millions of americans responded, a whole new and great generation stepped forward to serve in uniform, to fight in this war on terrorism. they bled on distant battlefields. they relentlessly pursued those who would do us harm. they put their lives on the line to give all of us a safer
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and better future and to bring those behind these attacks to justice. because of their sacrifices, because they were willing to fight and to die, because of their dedication our nation is stronger and safer today than on 9/11. we never gave up the search bin laden to bring him to justice, we decimated the leadership of al qaeda, we have them on the run and we have made it difficult for them to plan and conduct another 9/11 attack. and while that group is still a threat, we have dealt them a heavy blow and we will continue to fight them in yemen, somalia, north africa, wherever they go, to make sure they have no place to hide. our troops denied safe haven to
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al qaeda and its allies in afghanistan and they are fighting so that afghanistan can secure and govern itself. make no mistake... we will continue to pursue and fight our enemies wherever they go, wherever they hide, wherever they try to find refuge. we will never stop until we have made sure that america is safe. on this day of solemn remembrance, let us renew a solemn pledge, to those who died on 9/11 and their families. it is a pledge we also make to all of those who put their lives on the line and who have paid a heavy price for the last 11 years of war. our pledge is to keep fighting for a safer and stronger future. our pledge is to ensure that america always remains a
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government of, by and for all people. that pledge, that legacy, makes clear that no one, no one, who died on that terrible day 11 years ago died in vain. they died for a stronger america. this morning, we are honored by the presence of our military and civilian leaders, and we are particularly honored by the presence of the president and mrs. obama. this president has led our efforts in this fight, and i have been honored to serve with him. it is now my great honor to introduce our commander-in- chief, ladies and gentlemen, president barack obama. [ applause ]
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secretary panetta, general dempsey, members of our armed forces and most importantly, to the families, survivors and loved ones, of those we lost. michele and i are humbled to join you again on this solemn anniversary. today, we remember a day that began like so many others. there were rides to school and commutes to work, early flights and familiar routines, quick hugs and quiet moments. it was a day like this one, a clear blue sky, but a sky that would soon be filled with clouds of smoke and prayers of a nation shaken to its core. even now, all these years later, it is easy for those of us who lived through that day
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to close your eyes and to find ourselves back there and back here, back when grief crashed over us like an awful wave, when americans everywhere held each other tight seeking the reassurance that the world we knew wasn't crumbling under our feet. 11 times we have marked another september 11th come and gone. 11 times we have paused in remembrance and reflection, in unity and in purpose. this is never an easy day, but it is especially difficult for all of you, the families of nearly 3,000 innocents who lost their lives. your mothers and fathers, your husbands and wives, your sons and your daughters. they were taken from us
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suddenly and far too soon. to you and your families, the rest of us cannot begin to imagine the pain you have endured these many years. we will never fully understand how difficult it has been for you to carry on, to summon that strength and to rebuild your lives. but no matter how many years pass, no matter how many times we come together on this hallowed ground, know this, that you will never be alone. your loved ones will never be forgotten. they will endure in the hearts of our nation because through their sacrifice, they helped us make the america we are today, an america that has emerged even stronger. most of the americans we lost that day had never considered the possibility that a small band of terrorists halfway around the world could do us such harm. most had never heard the name
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al qaeda. and yet it's because of their sacrifice that we have come together and dealt a crippling blow to the organization that brought evil to our shores. al qaeda's leadership has been devastated. and osama bin laden will never threaten us again. our country is safer and our people are resilient. it's true that the majority of thosedied on september 11th had never put on our country's uniform and yet they inspired more than 5 million americans, members of the 9/11 generation, to wear that uniform over the last decade. these men and women have done everything that we have asked. today, the war in iraq is over. in afghanistan, we're training afghan security forces and forging a partnership with the afghan people. and by the end of 2014 the longest war in our history will be over. meanwhile, countless civilians have opened their hearts to our
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troops, our military families, and our veterans. 11 years ago, memorial services were held for americans of different races and creeds backgrounds and beliefs. and yet, instead of turning us against each other, tragedy has brought us together. i have always said that our fight is with al qaeda and its affiliates, not with islam or any other religion. the country was built as a beacon of freedom and tolerance. that's what's made us strong. now and forever. finally, when those innocent souls were taken from us, they left behind unfulfilled work and tasks that remain undone. and that's why on a day when others sought to bring this country down, we chose to build it up with a national day of
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service and remembrance. scripture tells us do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. there is no better way to honor the best in those who died than by discovering the best in ourselves. this anniversary allows us to renew our faith that even the darkest night gives way to a brighter dawn. today we can come here to the pentagon and touch these names and kneel beside a building where a single stone still bears the scars of that fire. we can visit the field of honor in pennsylvania and remember the heroes who made it sacred. we can see water cascading into the footprints of the twin towers and gaze up as a new tower rises above the new york skyline. even though we may never be able to fully lift the burden carried by those left behind,
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we know that somewhere a son is growing up with his father's eyes, and a daughter has her mother's laugh, living reminders that those who died are with us still. so as painful as this day is and always will be, it leaves us with a lesson that no single event can ever destroy who we are, no act of terrorism can ever we stand for. instead, we recommit ourselves to the values that we believe in, holding firmly without wavering to the hope that we confess. that's the commitment that we reaffirm today. and that's why when the history books are written, the true legacy of 9/11 will not be one of fear or hate or division. it will be a safer world a stronger nation and a people
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more united than ever before. god bless the memories of those we lost. and god bless these united states of america. [ applause ] ♪[ music ]
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we are watching the conclusion of the memorial ceremony at the pentagon marking this 11th anniversary of the terror attacks on america on september 11th, 2001. the president having just spoken and all of the gentlemen who spoke reinforcing the theme that no one act can destroy this nation or its people. and, of course, noting the difficulty of this day. but the necessity to remember it. ♪ [ music ] >> citing the reality, tony and tucker, that we are no, perhaps not free from threat but that we are safer in the president's opinion. leon panetta talking about that we are well aware of the cells or the groups of people around
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different nations not just the hotspots like iraq and afghanistan, but north africa, other countries, yemen he mentioned, that would seek to destroy our way of life but that the defense department is well aware of that, that we are on the job and also of course adding condolences to those family members who lost loved ones on that terrible day 11 years ago today. there will also be services here in the district at the memorial service at the national cathedral of course. [ bell ringing ] >> we' pause for a moment here. [ bell ringing ] [ pause ] >> that's a moment of silence being held in new york city where they will continue in just a moment to continue reading the names of the victims in new york. >> we do thank you so much for watching this special edition of "fox 5 morning news" and remember the news is alwa o